Jailed fireman still on payroll

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A GLENGORMLEY firefighter convicted of possessing sexually indecent photographs and films of children is still suspended from his job on full pay, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has confirmed.

Joseph Heron (50), from Dorchester Crescent, was jailed for nine months last week after pleading guilty to 23 charges of possessing or downloading more than 300 indecent images featuring children, including several film clips, to his computer.

Belfast Crown Court heard how the offences took place over a four-year period between June 2006 and July 2010.

It is understood that Heron transferred to Glengormley from Westland Road Fire Station in the early 1990s.

One Glengormley firefighter, who didn’t want to be named, said he had been “shocked and stunned” when he learned that his colleague, who served as the Fire Brigades Union’s Regional Health & Safety Co-Ordinator, had been convicted of such “sickening” offences.

At the time of going to print on Tuesday evening (April 3), a Fire Service spokesperson confirmed that Heron is still on the NIFRS payroll.

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